NASA principal Raila Odinga. Photo/Courtesy

Orange Democratic Movement Party leader Raila Odinga has promised women that a NASA government will work to implement the two thirds gender rule.

According to Raila, he will ensure the controversial law is effected.

Odinga who was speaking at a meeting for ODM women leaders and aspirants at the Multimedia University on Monday.

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According to the opposition chief, Kenya has come of age and that it was high time political parties embraced the culture of tolerance towards women and encouraged them to vie for elective posts.

“As ODM, we will continue supporting women. I therefore encourage you (women) to go for elective posts and win as many seats as possible in the August 8 General Election,” said Raila.

Raila further regretted that despite being an integral part of the country’s development, women continued to be sidelined and to play a minimal role in the country’s leadership.

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Women currently represent only about 20 per cent of Parliament and 33 per cent of county assemblies. Out of 1,450 seats in the county assemblies, only 80 women were elected. The rest were nominated.

Previous attempts by the two houses to enact laws that push for the implementation of the rule have flopped due to lack of enough legislators during the voting session.

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